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Evening in Prague

Published Tue 02 October 2007 16:54 (+0200)
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Cool door & facade of the Italian Embassy in Prague
Cool door & facade of the Italian Embassy in Prague

After finishing up at Prague Castle we wandered back towards the main part of town. The road winding down from the castle is lovely, lots of embassies (the frontage of the Italian embassy was I thin the nicest), shops, and restaurants, plus a few random things like big buildings with patterned exterior walls.

There was also a curious section of the street where each building had two separate, different street numbers! Someone will have to fill me in here.

Charles Bridge

Sculpture on Charles Bridge
Sculpture on Charles Bridge

We walked back over the famous Charles Bridge, a big old stone bridge with towers at each end, a number of statues on each side, and a rash of caricature artists (why?).

Hold onto your wallets here; it's packed with other tourists so reputed to be prime pick-pocketing territory.

Dinner in the town

Streetside cocktails, we likey!
Streetside cocktails, we likey!
The Prague National Theatre building at night
The Prague National Theatre building at night

Immediately on the other side of the bridge you're into the dense core of the old city, composed of about a third restaurants and pubs, a third souvenir shops, and a third jewelers with a lot of gold and green amber.

We went past a streetside cocktail vender, brill! We need more of these :).

After a lot of wandering around looking for the right kind of place we found a pub/gastronomie which fit the ticket perfectly, serving up a number of traditional-style Czech dishes.

Service was slow (the waiter kept ignoring us) but the food was good, I had a mighty half a duck, served with red & white sauerkraut (way more yummy than I've ever had it elsewhere) and potato and bread dumplings (which turned out to just be bready sliced things, not something wrapped in bready stuff).

Afterwards we went past a bottle store and picked up a number of miniatures of local spirits to try out, but more on that tomorrow… Back home, walking by the photogenic National Theatre; we were pretty tired so had a fairly early night.